Birth, marriage and death certificate authentication and legalization in Canada

Published on Friday, November 29, 2013

Whether you are planning a destination wedding, studying abroad, or moving overseas, you will need to have your vital statistics documents authenticated and legalized, also known as apostille. For more information about the authentication and legalization process, have a look at this helpful article – “Apostille Services Explained

To meet the criteria of the authentication and legalization process, you will need an original long-form certificate, such as a birth, marriage or death certificate. Laminated, wallet-sized birth certificates cannot be authenticated unless they are first notarized. Marriage certificates must be Provincial vital statistic issued version and not denominational certificates issued at time of marriage. If you need a copy of a death certificate in Ontario, it can be easily ordered online from Service Ontario.

If you do not have your birth, marriage or death certificates, or they are not the correct format, you can easily order new ones. Most provinces provide an online service for ordering new vital statistics documents.

Here are the websites for information regarding ordering certificates in your Province or Territory:

Many of our clients have their new certificates sent straight to our office to save time and additional shipping fees. We look after the authentication and legalization of your documents. Once they have been processed, we ship them wherever you want, including overseas.

More questions? Give us a call at 1-888-433-1011 or visit us at idocscanada.ca .